VW, Volvo, Honda, Citroën, Solar Impulse 2.
VW plans EV quota: German Manager Magazin reports that in light of the diesel scandal, VW plans to cover 25 percent of its sales with all-electric cars by 2025 – which converts to about 1.5m vehicles. Moreover, these are said to boast a range of 300-400 km. In order to reach its ambitious goal, VW chief executive Matthias Müller even considers building a battery cell production facility.
Volvo’s electrification strategy: The carmaker wants to sell one million electrified vehicles by 2025. The first pure EV from Sweden will arrive by 2019. On top of that, the manufacturer will continue its plug-in hybrid strategy, saying it will offer at least two hybrid variants of every model in its line-up.
Honda Clarity becomes electric: The car now at the forefront of fuel cell technology will also be offered as a pure EV and a plug-in hybrid variant sometime in 2017. The latter is said to go 60 km on one charge. Its cousin, the Honda Accord, will also again be offered as a hybrid from 2017. The drivetrain had not been part of the line-up this year.
autoblog.com (Clarity), worldcarfans.com (Accord)
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Baden-Württemberg Pavilion shows success factor e-mobility: During the Hannover Messe / MobiliTec the Baden-Württemberg Pavilion and its 43 exhibitors showcase the diversity of the e-mobility landscape in the southwest of Germany. With “Automated. Connected. Electrified.” as its guiding theme, the whole spectrum – from development and production to road tests of partially automated electric vehicles – will be covered. Visit us in hall 27.
Electric Citroën for China: The French carmaker is bringing an electric version of its C-Elysée sedan to the Auto China next week. The car has enough battery capacity to go 250 km on one charge and could arrive on the streets of China as early as 2017.
Take-off: The Solar Impulse 2 has taken off to attempt the final leg of its Pacific crossing. Next stop is the Moffett Airfield in Mountain View, California, on April 23rd. The solar-powered airplane was grounded last year after flying from Japan to Hawaii due to battery damage.
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